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Constitution, 1966 (1 of 3)

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 20
The collection covers the years 1944-1973, primarily focusing on 1962-1972. The early records in this collection document the activities of Leo Kramer and COUR, illustrating their rival campaigns. The later records in this collection document the activities of the Office of the Secretary-Treasurer, including finances, conventions, International Executive Board meetings, correspondence and speeches, political activities, legislation, files on councils and locals, and files on various associations with which AFSCME had relationships.

Important Subjects: AFL-CIO. Committee on Political Education AFSCME. International Convention AFSCME. Judicial Panel Coalition of American Public Employees International labor activities Labor unions—Finance Labor unions—Jurisdictional disputes Labor unions—Law and legislation—United States Labor unions—Organizing United States. Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959

Important Names: Ames, Joseph Lynn, 1925- Bilik, Al Chapman, Gordon Warner, 1907- Gotbaum, Victor Hastings, Robert Kramer, Leo Kubista, Roy Lucy, William McEntee, Gerald W. Meany, George, 1894-1980 Newman, Winn, 1924-1994 Roberts, Lillian Schut, Norman Trask, David Wurf, Jerry, 1919- Zander, Arnold S. (Arnold Scheuer), 1901-1975 Zinos, John Zwerdling, Abe
Series Description: Series 1: Leo Kramer files (assistant to President Zander), 1948-1964 (Bulk 1960-1964) Leo Kramer served as President Arnold Zander’s assistant. The great amount of responsibility Zander gave Kramer became an issue because Kramer was appointed by Zander rather than elected by the union. The files in this series include Kramer’s records on New York District Councils 37 and 50, which were led by Jerry Wurf and his brother Al; AFSCME’s political and financial reports; correspondence, and international trips.

Series II: Committee on Union Responsibility (COUR), 1960-1964 The Committee on Union Responsibility was formed by AFSCME members promoting reform in the governance of the international union. In 1964, the COUR candidate Jerry Wurf beat incumbent Arnold Zander to win the AFSCME presidency. Secretary-Treasurer Gordon Chapman joined the reform movement and was reelected to the office with his running mate Wurf in 1964. The records here include correspondence, convention files, newsletters, and clippings on COUR’s activities. General COUR files come first, and state COUR files come second, with each section arranged alphabetically.

Series III: Finances and Reports, 1944-1971, bulk 1961-1971 This series contains reports on AFSCME’s membership, charters, constitutional revisions and interpretations, and finances. Folders 3.15-3.25 contain various reports. Folders 3.26-4.3 contain financial information and are arranged chronologically.

Series IV: IEB and Conventions, 1964-1973 This series contains reports, correspondence, minutes, resolutions and amendments, and speeches from International Executive Board (IEB) meetings and from AFSCME International Biennial Conventions. The Convention files come first, followed by the IEB files. Both sections are arranged chronologically.

Series V: AFSCME Internal Staff, Political Action, and Meetings, 1965-1972 This series contains files on AFSCME Departments, AFSCME political action, meetings and conferences other than the biennial convention, internal staff meeting minutes, and staff training material. AFSCME Departments come first, followed by meeting minutes, conferences, committees, and political action and other files. Each section is arranged alphabetically.

Series VI: Councils and Locals, 1961-1972 (Bulk 1970-1972) This series contains files on Councils and Locals throughout the United States and Central America. The records feature correspondence, reports, clippings, publications, and meeting minutes. This series is arranged alphabetically by state and chronologically within each state.

Series VII: Correspondence and Speeches, 1969-1972 This series contains general correspondence and speeches, primarily by Jerry Wurf. The speeches come first and are arranged chronologically. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and chronologically within. The ‘chrono’ files include general correspondence to and from AFSCME’s high-level executive officers.

Series VIII: Legal and Legislative Files, 1971-1972 This series contains files on the legal cases in which AFSCME was involved and legislation for which AFSCME campaigned. It is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series IX: Associations, 1966-1972

This series contains files on associations and committees with which AFSCME interacted. The files are arranged alphabetically by association.

Dates

  • 1944 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1962 - 1972

Language of Materials

Material mostly in English, with some in Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Extent

From the Collection: 11 Linear Feet (11 SB)

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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